The Prince William Human Rights Student Leadership Council is looking to promote and foster the recognition and appreciation of differences in the community with its annual art contest.

The “Celebrating Diversity Art Competition 2019” is a poster contest open to all high school students in Prince William County public schools, private schools or homeschool students. Students are encouraged to create a poster following the theme Celebrating Diversity.

The goals of the poster contest are to stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on and express what celebrating diversity means to them. It is also meant to encourage young people to educate their communities about diversity and to heighten awareness about the diversity in Prince William County.

Guidelines for posters:

  • All posters must be explicitly related to the Celebrating Diversity theme.
  • Posters must be submitted as a drawing or painting.
  • All posters should be the original work of the artist on 16×20 poster board.
  • Writing on posters may be in any language spoken in the artist’s community. Translation must be provided on back.
  • Posters must be submitted individually.

Each poster submission must include the following:

  • Name, age, school, grade and phone number
  • Title of the work
  • Brief statement that explains the artist’s and poster’s relation to the theme
  • Affirmation signed by the artist that the submission is the artist’s original work

The deadline to submit the posters is Friday, March 15. Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. at the Prince William Human Rights Commission in the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite 125, Woodbridge, Va. 22191.

All posters will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness and relationship to the theme. A team of distinguished artists and human rights activists will judge each submission.
Winners will be announced during the Human Rights Student Leadership Council Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ferlazzo Building. The first -place winner of the contest will receive an iPad. The second-place winner will receive a $100 gift card and a $50 gift card will go to the third-place winner.
The Human Rights Student Leadership Council is a six-month program where students learn about the government through the lens of human rights. The program teaches students leadership skills and expands their knowledge of civic and government processes.
For more information regarding the poster contest or about the Prince William Human Rights Student Leadership Council, contact Denise McPhail at 703-792-4680 or

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